BlacksmithCreations

Horseshoe gifts, Wedding & traditional anniversary,iron

Grass Valley, California · 2710 Sales

BlacksmithCreations

Horseshoe gifts, Wedding & traditional anniversary,iron

Grass Valley, California 2710 Sales On Etsy since 2011

5 out of 5 stars
(489)

Announcement   Horseshoe Art, Wedding & Anniversary gifts, hearts. Traditional: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - iron, steel, copper, bronze. Added items ready for engraving - Small Business Saturday 2016. Only 2 weeks engraving turnaround. *4 WEEKS CREATION TIME* for custom creations. Need faster=Plan "B" picture to wrap, or create your certificate (scroll down for more info below).

For Small Business Saturday in November, we'd love you to look at our shoppe for gifts and memorable pieces. These are also the pieces we can easily send for delivery by Christmas. Others, please see "Plan B" below.

***PLAN "B" gives you an electronic version of the personalized gift you'd like, and timing doesn't hamper your gift giving!
We've been told we've saved a few anniversaries! Spouses will be pleased with your timeliness and thoughtfulness of a custom engraved order.
***HOW DOES THIS WORK? We email a photo of your un-engraved order, you print it & include the picture in your card. Get creative with this too...
+ You can import the picture into Photoshop or Powerpoint to create your custom certificate, with personal sentiments or wrap the picture in a box to provide the gift giving experience!
***PLAN "B" COMMENTS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS....
A) "I gave Mark & Julie their present virtually yesterday on their anniversary - used the photo along with a copy of my message. They LOVED it!!! Thank you again."
B) "You made me look good!"
C) "If the item is not available on time I will take plan B. I do agree that it is a great idea."

IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, please ASK (you can also use the search button in our shop for ideas). If it's an anniversary gift, you can use the search box, type in "anniversary" and more ideas will come up. You can use most anything we create as an anniversary, wedding, or birthday gift.

BlacksmithCreations specializes in creating unique, custom horseshoe art keepsakes, which are carefully crafted to celebrate events of life, both personal and professional. We only sell online, so we keep the expenses down to provide you better prices for quality gifts. Let's co-create something together to tell your story.

We are a custom shop, and welcome your ideas (for new products, engraving ideas, multiple item discounts (>5), or a new variation of something we have listed).

Our customers have the best ideas and listening to them closely has helped us bring to life some of our best-selling products that we offer to you too.

***ENGRAVING may include names, dates, coordinates (longitude/latitude), hashtags, or logos. We always try hard to make your idea happen. Our engraving WILL ACCOMMODATE many more characters than hand stamping because font sizes are flexible, and it's even & proportioned. :-)
If you have a longer name or coordinates, then engraving is for YOU! Engraving can be names, dates, places, longitude /latitude, GPS coordinates, Twitter hashtags, or logos. RECOMMENDATION: ALL CAPITAL LETTERS works best for names, for legibility and clarity. (print it in the comments as CAPS so we know that you know!) Ask any question we'll try hard to make it happen.

What sets our work apart from other horseshoe artists is Steve's distinctive style, coupled with his attention to detail (clean lines, proportioned & balanced, no ugly welds). His skills have been fine-tuned over 35+ yrs of blacksmithing & metal working. If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. If you're not happy with the result, we'll correct it to your satisfaction.

Please indicate how you'd like the engraving to look, using ALL capital letters, and the dots, dashes or slashes for the date. We recommend all capital letters if you have an "e, a, or o" in the name. Lower case letters can look like little blobs with the tight curves of small case letters when it's engraved. Please print the names with CAPS so we know you know! :-)
To request your personalization for an order, the comments box appears towards the end of the checkout process.

Only authentic, new, clean horseshoes and railroad spikes made in America, from St. Croix (MN) horseshoe manufacturers and Keystone Spikes in PA. Orders are created in the Sierra Nevada foothills of CA.

IRON & STEEL... Horseshoes are made from iron. Iron is mixed with certain other metals with heat, to form steel in creating horseshoes. That's why they are perfect for traditional anniversary gifts of iron and steel. NEW means no icky manure or dirt in creases of the shoe, that you might find in used shoes. Crisp, clean, and worthy of a gift to others and to yourself. No cast iron knockoffs or replicas here....
***NOTE: Even new horseshoes are inherently rough and some of that rustic-ness remains in each piece. They may look like slight imperfections, because it's the nature of the material ... differences add character and originality to each unique piece, with perfect imperfections! There will be slight variations in size, shape, or color from what you might see in the pictures, as each is handmade to order, by Steve.

USED HORSESHOES AS A REMEMBERANCE OF A SPECIAL HORSE.
Let's talk to co-create something special from shoes that your horse has worn. They create a sentimental remembrance. You'll find a contact button on our front page: www.blacksmithcreations.etsy.com

***RECENT FEEDBACK** "This is a wedding gift for a good friend of mine. I really just found you guys by searching on Google and Etsy. Your products were the nicest I found!"
Unsolicited comment: "I found u last minute on the internet but the work u do I saw is beautiful and I knew I wanted to get this for my wife and me. I know I have to wait, but I know it will be worth it."

***** 5 THINGS to help with timely answers & faster order fulfillment.
1- PLEASE EMAIL THROUGH ETSY. Custom requests within the same system helps to prevent omissions and mistakes.
2- READ OUR EMAILS. We don't spam our customers. There may be questions that require a quick response from you.
3- Let us know your PHONE NUMBER. We do not share personal information with anyone. It's easy to text you or give you a call to keep your custom order moving along....
4- Let us know YOUR TIMING so we are both on the same page :-)
5- Optional-- love to learn the BACK STORY OF the significance of this gift. It's makes it personal for us too!

***Optional - no extra charge: At your request, we will ship the gift directly to the couple, with no invoice. Let us know if we are shipping to an address that is not yours.....(we can't always tell). We will add a note card placed with the item, if you ask. Just let us know what you want it to say, and from whom (other family members?). Gift wrapping is $6, which I can send you a Paypal invoice for this service.

ABOUT US: We are a husband and wife team, who mesh our complementary skills to create our successful Etsy business beyond our expectations, which is now in it's 6th year on Etsy.
Steve is a veteran, and a professionally trained blacksmith / metal smith, with over 30 years experience in metal crafting. Carolyn manages communication, customer relationships, business, and most anything else excluding forging! We even attend blacksmithing and rusty metal events together.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE OUR CUSTOMERS! Etsy customers are the best! Love your stories of why you order what you do! Love co-creating with you.
Thank you for supporting handmade goods and the artisans who create them!
MORE ABOUT US: www.etsy.com/shop/BlacksmithCreations/about

ONE LAST FEEDBACK. We always try, whenever possible.....
"This was a great choice for the iron anniversary gift! Blacksmith Creations was extraordinarily thoughtful in its communication with me given the fact that I placed my order one week prior to my anniversary and would not be able to receive the gift by that date (which was MY fault for procrastinating). They were able to e-mail me a photo of the completed gift for my wife's card and rushed its delivery so that I had it a few days after the fact. I couldn't have been more pleased with the concern and care they conveyed!"

Other reviews: www.etsy.com/your/shops/BlacksmithCreations/reviews?

*****If you are not happy, please let us know immediately, before you leave feedback, and we'll happily correct whatever is wrong. We want you to be happy with your order, and that makes us happy.

Back to our shoppe: www.blacksmithcreations.etsy.com

Announcement

Last updated on Nov 23, 2016

Horseshoe Art, Wedding & Anniversary gifts, hearts. Traditional: 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 - iron, steel, copper, bronze. Added items ready for engraving - Small Business Saturday 2016. Only 2 weeks engraving turnaround. *4 WEEKS CREATION TIME* for custom creations. Need faster=Plan "B" picture to wrap, or create your certificate (scroll down for more info below).

For Small Business Saturday in November, we'd love you to look at our shoppe for gifts and memorable pieces. These are also the pieces we can easily send for delivery by Christmas. Others, please see "Plan B" below.

***PLAN "B" gives you an electronic version of the personalized gift you'd like, and timing doesn't hamper your gift giving!
We've been told we've saved a few anniversaries! Spouses will be pleased with your timeliness and thoughtfulness of a custom engraved order.
***HOW DOES THIS WORK? We email a photo of your un-engraved order, you print it & include the picture in your card. Get creative with this too...
+ You can import the picture into Photoshop or Powerpoint to create your custom certificate, with personal sentiments or wrap the picture in a box to provide the gift giving experience!
***PLAN "B" COMMENTS FROM OUR CUSTOMERS....
A) "I gave Mark & Julie their present virtually yesterday on their anniversary - used the photo along with a copy of my message. They LOVED it!!! Thank you again."
B) "You made me look good!"
C) "If the item is not available on time I will take plan B. I do agree that it is a great idea."

IF YOU DON'T SEE WHAT YOU ARE LOOKING FOR, please ASK (you can also use the search button in our shop for ideas). If it's an anniversary gift, you can use the search box, type in "anniversary" and more ideas will come up. You can use most anything we create as an anniversary, wedding, or birthday gift.

BlacksmithCreations specializes in creating unique, custom horseshoe art keepsakes, which are carefully crafted to celebrate events of life, both personal and professional. We only sell online, so we keep the expenses down to provide you better prices for quality gifts. Let's co-create something together to tell your story.

We are a custom shop, and welcome your ideas (for new products, engraving ideas, multiple item discounts (>5), or a new variation of something we have listed).

Our customers have the best ideas and listening to them closely has helped us bring to life some of our best-selling products that we offer to you too.

***ENGRAVING may include names, dates, coordinates (longitude/latitude), hashtags, or logos. We always try hard to make your idea happen. Our engraving WILL ACCOMMODATE many more characters than hand stamping because font sizes are flexible, and it's even & proportioned. :-)
If you have a longer name or coordinates, then engraving is for YOU! Engraving can be names, dates, places, longitude /latitude, GPS coordinates, Twitter hashtags, or logos. RECOMMENDATION: ALL CAPITAL LETTERS works best for names, for legibility and clarity. (print it in the comments as CAPS so we know that you know!) Ask any question we'll try hard to make it happen.

What sets our work apart from other horseshoe artists is Steve's distinctive style, coupled with his attention to detail (clean lines, proportioned & balanced, no ugly welds). His skills have been fine-tuned over 35+ yrs of blacksmithing & metal working. If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. If you're not happy with the result, we'll correct it to your satisfaction.

Please indicate how you'd like the engraving to look, using ALL capital letters, and the dots, dashes or slashes for the date. We recommend all capital letters if you have an "e, a, or o" in the name. Lower case letters can look like little blobs with the tight curves of small case letters when it's engraved. Please print the names with CAPS so we know you know! :-)
To request your personalization for an order, the comments box appears towards the end of the checkout process.

Only authentic, new, clean horseshoes and railroad spikes made in America, from St. Croix (MN) horseshoe manufacturers and Keystone Spikes in PA. Orders are created in the Sierra Nevada foothills of CA.

IRON & STEEL... Horseshoes are made from iron. Iron is mixed with certain other metals with heat, to form steel in creating horseshoes. That's why they are perfect for traditional anniversary gifts of iron and steel. NEW means no icky manure or dirt in creases of the shoe, that you might find in used shoes. Crisp, clean, and worthy of a gift to others and to yourself. No cast iron knockoffs or replicas here....
***NOTE: Even new horseshoes are inherently rough and some of that rustic-ness remains in each piece. They may look like slight imperfections, because it's the nature of the material ... differences add character and originality to each unique piece, with perfect imperfections! There will be slight variations in size, shape, or color from what you might see in the pictures, as each is handmade to order, by Steve.

USED HORSESHOES AS A REMEMBERANCE OF A SPECIAL HORSE.
Let's talk to co-create something special from shoes that your horse has worn. They create a sentimental remembrance. You'll find a contact button on our front page: www.blacksmithcreations.etsy.com

***RECENT FEEDBACK** "This is a wedding gift for a good friend of mine. I really just found you guys by searching on Google and Etsy. Your products were the nicest I found!"
Unsolicited comment: "I found u last minute on the internet but the work u do I saw is beautiful and I knew I wanted to get this for my wife and me. I know I have to wait, but I know it will be worth it."

***** 5 THINGS to help with timely answers & faster order fulfillment.
1- PLEASE EMAIL THROUGH ETSY. Custom requests within the same system helps to prevent omissions and mistakes.
2- READ OUR EMAILS. We don't spam our customers. There may be questions that require a quick response from you.
3- Let us know your PHONE NUMBER. We do not share personal information with anyone. It's easy to text you or give you a call to keep your custom order moving along....
4- Let us know YOUR TIMING so we are both on the same page :-)
5- Optional-- love to learn the BACK STORY OF the significance of this gift. It's makes it personal for us too!

***Optional - no extra charge: At your request, we will ship the gift directly to the couple, with no invoice. Let us know if we are shipping to an address that is not yours.....(we can't always tell). We will add a note card placed with the item, if you ask. Just let us know what you want it to say, and from whom (other family members?). Gift wrapping is $6, which I can send you a Paypal invoice for this service.

ABOUT US: We are a husband and wife team, who mesh our complementary skills to create our successful Etsy business beyond our expectations, which is now in it's 6th year on Etsy.
Steve is a veteran, and a professionally trained blacksmith / metal smith, with over 30 years experience in metal crafting. Carolyn manages communication, customer relationships, business, and most anything else excluding forging! We even attend blacksmithing and rusty metal events together.

WE REALLY APPRECIATE OUR CUSTOMERS! Etsy customers are the best! Love your stories of why you order what you do! Love co-creating with you.
Thank you for supporting handmade goods and the artisans who create them!
MORE ABOUT US: www.etsy.com/shop/BlacksmithCreations/about

ONE LAST FEEDBACK. We always try, whenever possible.....
"This was a great choice for the iron anniversary gift! Blacksmith Creations was extraordinarily thoughtful in its communication with me given the fact that I placed my order one week prior to my anniversary and would not be able to receive the gift by that date (which was MY fault for procrastinating). They were able to e-mail me a photo of the completed gift for my wife's card and rushed its delivery so that I had it a few days after the fact. I couldn't have been more pleased with the concern and care they conveyed!"

Other reviews: www.etsy.com/your/shops/BlacksmithCreations/reviews?

*****If you are not happy, please let us know immediately, before you leave feedback, and we'll happily correct whatever is wrong. We want you to be happy with your order, and that makes us happy.

Back to our shoppe: www.blacksmithcreations.etsy.com

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5 out of 5 stars
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franjtorres

franjtorres on Dec 3, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Service: Service was great. They kept in touch to ensure that the piece was made the way I wanted it. Product: Wonderful! This is truly a piece of art. It had the perfect balance of strong metal and fine decor. Shipping and handling: Perfect! The piece was well protected and arrived a lot quicker than expected. They gave a timeframe and lived up to their promise.

Barnbyrd

Barnbyrd on Nov 29, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Just what I was looking for! I had looked at some other name brands but the welding was a concern. The welding on this is mint. Although I have not used it yet, I'm sure it will hold up to cooking in camp dutch ovens and such in my fire pit! Also, the shipping was considerably less than listed and I was promptly issued a refund on that... very pleased with this item and seller!

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Updates

This customer likes our practice of sending a picture to approve his custom order before shipping.
Celebrating an 11th anniversary!
Most customers prefer to see order before shipping, especially if it's being sent to another address as a gift.
CA Blacksmith Association CBA was well represented at the biennial ABANA conference held in Salt Lake City. In 2 years it will be in Richmond VA. Met a lot of great guys & gals who enjoy working with metal.
Custom order. Traditional bronze anniversary gift to celebrate the date in 3 ways: 2008 date engraved, number 8 made from horseshoes & bronze plate for traditional metal for anniversary! Looks simple. Took all of Steve's skills! = Happy couple. +1+1+1
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About

Celebrate life's special moments with Steve's blend of art, science, craft, passion & love of metalworking.

BlacksmithCreations is a husband and wife team located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mtns. in Northern California. Steve creates unique, delightful & functional horseshoe art, which is carefully crafted to celebrate the events of life.
Let's co-create something memorable together to tell your story. If you don't see what you are looking for, PLEASE ASK. We are a custom shop and welcome your ideas. We are honored to create something that means something to you.

WHEN IT MATTERS, choose a personalized, well-made gift to become a memorable keepsake. Steve's handmade creations are worthy as a gift to a bride & groom, or as an anniversary present to honor your partner.

WHY US? Attention to detail is the key..... notice the sizing, spacing, proportions, clean welds, and placement of the crevices on each horseshoe piece. Welding blobs are filed away, horseshoes are sanded, joints are perfectly matched, letters are proportioned, even the inside of the shoes are finished. They are all well thought out, to make a beautiful keepsake to give or keep.
In the end, it's the heartwarming experiences for others that Steve loves to create at the forge.
If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. He is the only craftsman here, so he maintains quality control of his products. If you're not happy, we'll correct it. Period.

UPDATING In 2014... we realized that hand stamping names & dates have limitations of about 9-10 characters. Kicking it up a notch, we partnered with professional engravers, which allows you to have longer names, GPS coordinates, and special sentiments, all is a classy yet rustic upscaled product.

MADE IN AMERICA by a veteran... Steve creates & fabricates his unique products from new American-made steel horseshoes from crisp, clean shoes (read: NO icky manure in creases of horseshoes). Horseshoes are made from the element of iron & mixed with other metals become steel, or perfect or 6th or 11th anniversaries.

Steve developed his craftsmanship, talents, and skills from his 3+ decades experience as a metalworker and problem solver for a robust community college in CA. His skills are based on the foundation of hard work, with attention to details that were instilled in him by his Italian grandfather and great uncle, Nono Joe and Uncle Tulio.

YEAR #1 ... When we started on Etsy, our original product was an extremely sturdy stand for campfire and backyard fire pit cooking (which we still proudly make and is still a popular item). After only 6 months here, Etsy approached us & asked if we were interested in providing a sample campfire trivet for a Sunset Magazine photo shoot. Our campfire stand was in their holiday issue, "Made in the West" Sunset article (Dec. 2011, pg. 20). We are grateful to both Etsy and Sunset Magazine for recognizing our work! We are now in our 6th year with Etsy and still loving it!

BACKGROUND: Steve is a member of ABANA (American Blacksmith Assoc. of North America) and CBA (California Blacksmith Association). Both are active & growing organizations that further the craft of metal. He attends CBA demonstrations to continue to improve his techniques & develop new ideas to share with you. We enjoyed the biennial National Blacksmith Assoc. Education Convention in Salt Lake City in July 2016, with a few new tools & ideas for you. Never stop learning is his motto! New ideas come from your requests!

LOCAL HISTORY... someday Steve plans to volunteer at the Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, CA. The mine was one of the largest, deepest, longest operating and richest hard rock gold mines around - producing nearly 6 million ounces of gold. The State Park has a great blacksmith shop. It supported the hard rock gold miners back in the day. When you are in the area, consider visiting Empire Mine State Park in Grass Valley, CA!

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  • Steve

    Owner, Maker, Designer

    If it's important to you, it's important to us. Steve forges meaning & imbeds emotions into his creations, gathering inspiration from you and his metal experience. We are honored to connect with wonderful people like you, from around the world.

  • Carolyn

    Owner, Photographer, Customer Service

    Love your stories behind your orders. A lazar focus on customer service has always our #1 goal! Let's co-create together to make a memorable gift. We are the team to get your idea and order created! Please share your stories with us! Love them!

Manufacturers

  • Stucki Jewelers & Engravers

    Grass Valley, CA, United States

    The Arbaugh's have owned Stucki Jewelers since 2005. As part of their retail jewelry store in historic Grass Valley, they also provide engraving services. BlacksmithCreations has enjoyed their services since 2014.

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Last updated on Oct 13, 2016
Frequently asked questions

Custom and personalized orders

Our shoppe is primarily custom & personalized orders. Time to create approx. 3-4 weeks ... sometimes longer during the heart of wedding / anniversary season. If you need it faster, we try our best to accommodate. Ask please.

Our "Plan B" helps!. At your request, we email an un-engraved photo of your item, which you print it & include in your card.
You can get creative with this too...
+ Import the picture into Photoshop or Powerpoint to create your custom certificate, with personal sentiments.
+ Wrap the picture in a box to provide the gift giving experience!

***Plan B comments*
1- "You made me look good!"
2-"I gave Mark & Julie their present virtually yesterday on their anniversary..they loved it!!"

Sizing details

Use only NEW horseshoes so they are clear, crisp, and look great. No icky manure in the creases! Size about 5.5 tall & 5.125" wide, made in America. Can vary slightly. Weighs about 11 oz. Size of area to engrave at the bottom of the shoe is 1.5 - 1.75 inches long.

Hint: For engraving, keep the # of characters to a minimum, to allow for the largest font in this space. AND all capital letters for names is best for legibility and clarity.

Care instructions

New horseshoes are rough from the casting process & some of that rustic-ness remains in each piece. Horseshoes will have slight imperfections.

MAINTAIN THE FINISH. For our shiny finish, please keep the surface free of greasy fingerprints. Oil & grease can damage the finish. Handling the piece on the edges keeps your art in the best shape. Powder coated finishes are most durable over time. Finger prints can usually be buffed away with a soft dry rag, like a thick-pile micro-fibre cloth. Do not use an abrasive if you are cleaning. If you want to refinish it, then an abrasive would be appropriate.
To maintain the finish you can use neutral paste wax to resist rust. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Gift wrapping and packaging

We do not gift wrap unless asked, because most people want to see their order before they gift it. If you'd like gift wrapping, there is a nominal charge of $5.00.

We will ship directly to your recipient and happy to send you a picture before we ship, so you can approve it. (I would want that option if I was buying something custom made!)

At your request, we will add a note with your sentiments, at no extra charge. Include what you'd like to say and from whom (family members?) in the comments section of your order, or with an email to us through Etsy.

We ship via USPS Priority Mail which is 3 business day delivery to your mailbox in most areas in the US. We ship internationally, via airmail.

Why should I buy from you?

Quality and attention to detail is key..... notice the sizing, spacing, proportions, clean welds, & placement of the creases on each horseshoe piece. Welding blobs are filed away, horseshoes are sanded, joints are perfectly matched, letters are proportioned, even the inside of the shoes are finished. They are all well thought out, which makes a beautiful keepsake to give or keep.

Hand stamping is limited to about 10 characters. We partnered with professional engravers, to provide longer names, dates, and sentiments.

If Steve isn't happy with his work for you, he doesn't let it out of his shoppe. He is the only craftsman here, so he maintains quality control of his products. If you're not happy, we'll correct it. Period.

We love co-creating with you!

Send us a request and we'd be happy to consider it!
Connect with us at: www.etsy.com/shop/BlacksmithCreations
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Happy Trails!